I need a good book for self motivation...

@LRB1111 (356)
United States
June 6, 2007 1:18pm CST
Hi. Any readers out there i need your help. I need a good self help book on motivation. I find i am not getting much done these days due to depression, stress, (ok i'm lazy no more excuses right?) so i though i would get back into reading. I've even put that off for some time now! I used to read lots of self help books on every subject you can imagine but apparently their messages haven't stuck because i find myself repeating old thinking habits year after year. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a book that has really helped them change some aspect of their life or the way they see their life in general? A book that has inspired you to actually go out and achieve the things they want instead of just thinking about it? Or .. (or or or.. lol) a book thathelps calm a confusing mind and put to rest negative or painful memories from the past? ESPECIALLY a lost love? Thanks in advance for any reading suggestions you may have.
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@patgalca (14649)
• Orangeville, Ontario
6 Jun 07
A book I am reading right now is making me realize how little I have done with my life, and how little I am doing. That and watching my children (10 and 14) accomplish so much in their short lives has motivated me to want to make something of myself. The book I am reading is N.O.W. No Opportunity Wasted. It is written by the host of the Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan. There is also a tv show starting called N.O.W. I can hardly wait. I know you may have no interest in swimming with the sharks or bungee jumping, I didn't want to do any of those things either. But reading his description about skydiving through a cloud has given me a renewed interest. I don't know whether I ever will skydive (money doesn't permit it though perhaps I can write to his show LOL!), but I have made time to think of what I really want to do in my life. It falls under the same title as making a Life List. You will be more inclined to do things if you actually write them down. Something else that might push you more is making a life map. Take a piece of bristol board (large cardboard poster paper) and glue onto it pictures and words of things you want to do with your life. I actually cut out a picture of a smiling mouth because I want to learn to smile more. I have yet to put my poster together because I haven't found enough pictures. I have a file with a picture of a new kitchen and Ireland and Hawaii. But most importantly I had someone do a mock-up cover for the novel I am writing. It is on the wall beside my desk to motivate me to get the job done. Seeing the book title with my name at the bottom is pushing me. I am like you in that once you read a book, it is read and then everything is gone. That is why I watched the DVD "The Secret" instead of getting the book (though I wish I had the book to refer to). One thing in that movie stuck out and is staying with me. I need to watch the DVD again to gain more. So many people have said it has changed their life. All it did for me, at this point, is made me realize that the reason I can't get a job is because I really don't want one. That's not good. LOL! I hope I have helped some. Good luck.
@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Thank you for the great advice. I will get that book. I have been meaning to start a mind map (but then there was the whole procrastination thing..lol) I first read about it when i got into mnemonics and memory techniques in the past. As for the "The Secret" I haven't seen it yet but i can't wait! I don't know if it is even available to rent but i haven't seen it at the video stores. I will probably just buy it anyway i think it's a great investment since i am drawn to movies like that.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
Sorry I can not recommend any motivation books but here is a tidbit that you might keep in mind, The past is the past, you can not go back and change anything done then. The future is not here yet you can not go ahead and prevent any thing there, so that leaves the here and now, If you live in the here and now you problems will diminish by about 85%, So what some one said or did to you yesterday or last year or when you were a child, has happened and to dwell on it only robs you mind of any peace and serenity that there is.Worrying is like a dog chewing on a rubber bone gets no where and isn't even nutritious, The other thing to remember is you have the power to stop all self talk that sends you down the path at is self destructive. You can control what goes on in your mind if you choose to. but you have to make it a conscious decision
@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Thanks so much. Your response was indeed very motivating. I will give it try. :-)
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
6 Jun 07
well its a writing book, but it may help...its very motivational! its called 'bird by bird' by anne lamot! go to your local library and see if you can find it...its a great book!
@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Thank you for your suggestion. I love writing too..
@omupas (1243)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I'm not sure what, if any, your religious affiliation is, but a great book that I've read and has helped in my life is a book called The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Hope that's helpful for you.
@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Thank you. I will be sure read this. :-)
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